Humane Education and Kids
Teaching children to be animal advocates centers around topics such as: kindness, compassion, anti-stereotyping, and respect for all living things. Education is the answer to helping kids learn about safety around animals, responsible pet ownership, and prevention of animal abuse or neglect.
The SPCA has temporarily suspended visits to schools and is unable to host groups at our rescue center due to Covid-19. Please check back in January 2022 for updates. Thank you for understanding!
Our Humane Education program staff and volunteers provide educational presentations in schools, as well as tours on-site at the SPCA. In addition, we participate in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Taskforce for Humane Education. Programs are tailored specifically to the goals, ages, and needs of the classroom. There is no cost for these programs, but we encourage charitable giving.
Reading to Dogs Program: Our Humane Educator can arrange for students to visit the SPCA on a regular basis to sharpen literacy skills and confidence, while providing companionship for the dogs. Students can select a book to bring with them, or borrow a book from our reading library. This is a also a great time for children to study and complete their homework.
Journaling with Cats: This creative writing exercise stretches the imagination and curiosity of volunteers while helping them observe and learn about cat body language. The cats benefit from having companionship while they remain in their kitty condos.
Playing an Instrument for an Animal: Junior Volunteers are encouraged to play an acoustical instrument for the SPCA animals. Again, participants can practice without judgement of their performance, providing them with more confidence in their ability to play, all the while entertaining animals who crave the attention.
SPCA Animal Clubs: We visit classrooms regularly throughout the school year to teach lessons covering topics such as safety around animals, community involvement, responsible pet ownership, kindness to animals, and much more.
SPCA Presentations: We are available to facilitate discussions about a wide variety of topics customized for your group, with a visit to your location – whether it’s a school, library, sports team venue, community group, or company. These presentations could include hands-on activities, examples of how animal interaction reduces stress, arts/crafts, reading stories, or strategies for implementing a “Day of Caring.”
Tours and Field Trips: Bring your class, scout troop, or other group to the SPCA for an educational tour.
School and Scout Projects: Our Humane Education experts are available to be interviewed for college, school or scout troop projects, papers and presentations about animals.
Camp Critter: Every year the SPCA hosts an annual Camp Critter in the summer for children ages six through twelve. Participants have fun while interacting with animals, learning about rescue, animal care, animal cruelty, and how they can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Unfortunately, we will not be hosting camp in 2021. Please check back next year and thank you for understanding!
Junior Volunteer Program: We have a special Junior Volunteer program for young people who are under 18 (between the ages of 10-17). Click here for the Junior Volunteer Application which also explains the activities that are available. If you are interested in learning more about our Humane Education Program and/or scheduling a visit, please email Joanne @spcawestchester.org or call (914) 941-2896 ext. 28.
Kids, have your Birthday Party at the SPCA!
Unfortunately, we will not be hosting any parties in 2021. Please check back next year and thank you for understanding.
Set-up and clean-up for your party is provided by the shelter. Prior to the day of the party, please drop off any decorations, plates, napkins, and other serving supplies that you would like to use.
Birthday Menu Options:
Best in Show – You bring the food, beverages and cake. We offer an educational tour, introduce you to the animals, and provide supplies to create dog treats, make cat toys, and enjoy games with prizes. *A minimum $250 donation.
Top Dog – You bring the food, beverages and cake. We offer an educational tour and introduce you to the animals. We provide supplies to enjoy games with prizes, and either create dog treats or make cat toys. *A minimum $225 donation.
The Cat’s Meow – Enjoy your food, beverages and cake elsewhere, then visit us at the rescue center for an educational tour. Meet the animals and choose to either create dog treats or make cat toys. *A minimum $200 donation.
Contact Joanne Witmyer at Joanne@spcawestchester.org or (914) 941-2896, ext. 28 for more details or to arrange your party.